Operation «Breaking Dawn» has started. Among the victims also a little girl. Hamas: Israel will pay the price
At least nine dead, including a 5-year-old girl, and 23 injured is the still provisional toll of the ongoing Israeli armed forces operation against Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip
The operation renamed “Breaking Dawn”, definition which means “the arrival of a new day” was triggered with the killing of the military commander of Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, Tayseer al-Jabari, during an air attack. The Iron Dome, the missile defense system, has been deployed to cover up to 80 kilometers inside Israel, including Tel Aviv and Modin.
Al-Jabari was the successor of Baha Abu al-Ata, commander of the al-Quds Brigades in the northern Strip, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, killed in November 2019 in an Israeli air raid. Among the targets hit is a high-rise residential apartment in the Al-Rimal neighborhood. Wounded were also recorded in the village of Al-Fakhari, in the south, in Beit Lahia and Khan Yunis.
After the arrest of a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad official, Bassem Saadi, in Jenin, West Bank, on the night of August 1st to 2nd, the Israeli defense forces are on high alert, fearing possible retaliatory attacks, and have banned access to roads near the Gaza Strip. Defense Minister Benny Gantz authorized the recall of 25,000 soldiers from the reserve. Their classification will take several days during which it will be possible for Israel to verify whether the crisis with Gaza can still be contained, or whether it is destined to spread.
“The Israeli enemy, who initiated the escalation against Gaza and committed a new crime, must pay the price and take full responsibility.” Thus Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for Hamas. The Palestinian militant group of Islamic Jihad is smaller than Hamas but largely shares its ideology. Both groups are opposed to the existence of Israel and have carried out dozens of deadly attacks over the years, including rocket firing into southern Israel. It is unclear how much control Hamas has over Islamic Jihad and Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from Gaza.
August 5, 2022 (change August 5, 2022 | 19:08)
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